William Warham Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Chancellor of England to King Henry VIII
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About the artist
George Vertue was born in the parish of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London. His parents served in the court of James II and his father may have later become a tailor. He was first apprenticed to a silver engraver and later to Flemish engraver Michael Vandergucht. His early work includes plates after Kneller, whose academy he attended from 1711. Vertue served as official engraver to the Society of Antiquaries (1717-56). In the 1720s he concentrated on portrait frontispieces, producing over 120 in total. From 1727 he was engraver to Oxford University. Vertue was also a publisher and ran a print shop near Drury Lane. In 1712 he began gathering information for a publication on the history of art in Britain, which remained unfinished at his death.
- William Warham Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Chancellor of England to King Henry VIII
- Presented by Dr. Peter Rusk, November 1971
- inside image: [left] Holbein.P. [right] G Vertue Sculp 1737 [centre] ...[unclear]...EPIS CANTAUR GILL REVERENDIS GULIEL below image: [centre] WILLIAM WARHAM ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY and LORD CHANCELLOR of ENGLAND to K HEN VIII from an excellent original in the Archbishops palace at Lambeth painted by Hans Holbein
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